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Once referred to as ‘Shell Shock” in the first world war the limited understanding of this complex condition led to some soldiers branded as cowards and shot!

Our understanding has developed greatly and more since the Hillsborough Disaster, when the word trauma was used and we became aware of PTSD.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been around, but never fully recognised or understand.  We are now gaining an understanding of this important condition that seems to dominate those working in the areas it has high prevalence.

As we evolve in science we realise how complex mental health is.  This course will develop your understanding and beyond.  Whether you work in the field of mental health, studying a degree or just interested, you will learn about the complexities of PTSD.


Module: One

Aims:  To understand the fundamentals of trauma.


Understand the terminology of PTSD
To develop and understanding of formative conditioning
Define perception

Module: Two

Aims:  To understand the differing types of PTSD


Understand vicarious PTSD
To develop and understanding of denial
Define disassociate

Module: Three

Aims:  To understand the effects of PTSD.


Understand three affected areas of functioning.
To develop and understanding of formative conditioning
Define man made and natural trauma with examples.

Module: Four

Aims:  To understand the diagnostics of trauma.


Understand the basic steps of PTSD
To develop and understanding of diagnosis
Define restricted range of events

Module: Five

Aims:  To understand the effects cause by traumatic events


Understand the brains alarm
To develop and understanding the role of the hippocampal system.
Define the amygdala

Module: Six

Aims:  To understand the different types of PTSD


Understand the six types
To develop and understanding PDSD
Define sequential traumatisation
Understand the trauma trail.

Module: Seven

Aims:  To understand the alternative conditions.


Understand the Perceptual Disorder
To develop and understanding of Acute Stress Disorder
Define Survivor Guilt
Understand compensation neurosis

Module: Eight

Aims:  To understand the impact of bullying and PTSD.


Understand how bullying can develop into PTSD
To develop and understanding differing types of bullying
Define cyber bullying

Module: Nine

Aims:  To understand how children are affected by PTSD


Understand how it affects children
To develop and understanding of the unique aspects to children
Understand what can help

Module: Ten

Aims:  To understand some treatments for PTSD.


Understand the help available for PTSD
To develop and understanding of differing methods to treat PTSD


This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service for recognised CPD Hours.

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation of our courses.



At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

Course Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

A Diploma issued by Online Academies


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